On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans received the news they’ve been waiting for all season.
The Bucs have officially opened the practice window for center Ryan Jensen according to a release from the team.
Bucs C Ryan Jensen (66) began his 21 day practice window Wednesday and was also participating in blocking drills. pic.twitter.com/DgJ1Zb1bqD— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 28, 2022
Jensen hasn’t played this season after suffering a knee injury during training camp.
The news that Jensen is close to returning comes just days after the Buccaneers lost offensive tackle Josh Wells for the rest of the season.
While the news that Jensen is returning to practice is obviously huge for Tampa Bay, it doesn’t mean that Jensen will be on the field for an important game against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Jensen is still in the rehab phase of his recovery, which makes it unlikely that he’ll return for the game against the Panthers on Sunday.
From NFL Now: #Bucs C Ryan Jensen returned to practice after a significant knee injury, and he's still in the rehab phase and not close to playing. But good news, nonetheless. pic.twitter.com/GobtVHEpJK— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 28, 2022
Despite the buzzkill report from Rapoport, it’s still encouraging that Jensen is nearing his return for Tampa.
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